<An up-to-date listing of what’s on in North America’s 4th largest city, and where to find it>

– October 19-22 – The Adventures of Tom Shadow, a musical comedy not-for-kids take on Peter Pan, Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street, http://www.factorytheatre.ca
– October 20 – A Tribute to Maureen Forrester, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, 60 Simcoe Street, http://www.tso.ca/fall
– Until October 22 – ‘Life After’, a new musical, Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, http://www.canadianstage.com
– Until October 22 – Life After, a 16-year-old girl navigates her life after the death of her guru father dies, Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, http://www.canadianstage.com
October 24 – Sylvia Tyson, folk music, Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas Street West, http://www.hughsroom.com
– October 26 – November 4 – Marriage of Figaro, Opera Atelier, Toronto’s opera company that’s played the King’s Theatre at Versailles 5 times, Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.operaatelier.com
– October 28 – Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta conductor, Roy Thomson Hall, 8:00pm, http://www.roythomson.com
Until December 3 – Bat Out of Hell: The Musical, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– November 6 – December 31 – Beauty and the Beast, Young People’s Theatre, http://www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca
– Until November 19 – Dreamgirls, Black female trio become super stars, Lower Ossington Theatre, 100a Ossington Avenue, http://www.lowerossingtontheatre.com
– Until November 26 – Volta, Cirque du Soleil under the bigtop, music, dance, acrobatic arts, bike stunts, Big Top, Port Lands area, Commissioners at Cherry, http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/volta
– Until November 26 – Avenue Q, adult musical puppet play, Lower Ossington Theatre, 100a Ossington Avenue, http://www.lowerossingtontheatre.com
– November 24 – December 31 – A Christmas Carol, the family musical with a Scrooge loose, Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.rosspetty.com
– Friday Night Jazz at the Aquarium, second Friday of every month, included with general admission, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, 288 Bremner Rd, http://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada

– Ongoing – ‘Party Today, Panic Tomorrow’, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
– October 19-29 – IFOA, International Festival of Authors, Harbourfront Centre, for tickets and info go to http://www.infoa.org
Until October 21 – Asking For It, gender roles and sexual consent, Streetcar Crowsnest Theatre, 345 Carlaw Avenue, http://www.crowsnest.com
– October 23 – Gloria Steinem, Convocation Hall, University of Toronto, 7pm, http://www.gloria2017.ca
– Until October 29 – North By Northwest, Hitchcock’s classic thriller on stage, Royal Alexandra Theatre, http://www.mirvish.com
– Until October 29 – Undercover, murder mystery, audience participation, Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Avenue, http://www.tarragontheatre.com
– Until October 29 – Salt-Water Moon by David French, Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– Until November 19 – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Princess of Wales Theatre, http://www.mirvish.com
– October 30 – Carol Burnett: An Evening of Laughter & Reflection, 7:30pm, Sony Centre, 1 Front Street East, http://www.ticketmaster.ca
– Ongoing – The Madness of George III, Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, http://www.shawfest.com
– Ongoing – Everything Is Great Again, American politics, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
– Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, excellent theatre, beautiful town, 80 miles southeast of Toronto, for schedule http://www.shawfest.com
– Stratford Festival, 90 miles west of Toronto, excellent theatre, beautiful city, for schedule http://www.stratfordfestival.ca

– Until January 7 – Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters, monster movie maker at the Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. West, http://www.ago.net
– Until October 22 – Pop Sherlock, posters, manuscripts, music, comic vooks, movie scripts, etc., from the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, guided tours Tuesdays at 2pm, free, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
Until October 2017 – Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels, Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West, http://www.batashoemuseum.ca
– Until November 26 – Staring Back at the Sun: video art from Israel, 1970-2012, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Suite 104-105, http://www.kofflerarts.org
– Until December 10 – OCAD University presents two inaugural exhibitions in its the new Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond Street West, http://www.ocadu.ca/onsite
– Until January 1 – HERE: Locating Contemporary Canadian Artists, Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Don Mills, https://www.agakhanmuseum.org
– The Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 216 Main Street in historic Unionville/Markham, http://www.varleygallery.ca
– Art Gallery of Mississauga, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, http://www.artgalleryofmississauga.com
– Hockey Hall of Fame, 30 Yonge Street, http://www.hhof.com
– The Power Plant, Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queens Quay West, leading public gallery devoted to contemporary visual art, http://www.thepowerplant.org
– Spadina House Museum, historic house and gardens, 285 Spadina Road, (416) 392-6910
– MZTV Museum of Television, 64 Jefferson Avenue, Liberty Village, phone for free reservation at (416) 599-7339
– Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road, http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca
– CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Museum, archival materials relating to the history of Canadian broadcasting, 250 Front St. West, http://www.cbc.ca/museum/index.html
– Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Boulevard, http://www.fortyork.ca
– Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Regimental Museum & Archives, 1 Austin Terrace, https//qormuseum.org
– Black Creek Pioneer Village, the way life used to be, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, 416-736-1733, http://www.blackcreek.ca

GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bi, transgendered, queer, etc.)
– Rainbow Railroad, a charity which helps individuals in countries where being LGBTQ is an invite to violence, imprisonment or death, http://www.rainbowrailroad.ca
– ProudFM 103.9, Toronto’s LGBTQ radio station, http://www.proudfm.com
– Legit, second Thursday of every month, legal counsel for same-sex couples immigrating to Canada, 519 Community Centre, 519 Church Street, http://www.legit.ca
– Get Out! Running Group, every Sunday, people of all ages and experience levels, 10-11:30am, Fuel Plus 471 Church Street, free, http://www.getoutcanada.com
– Glad Day Bookshop & Cafe, since 1970, oldest LGBTQ bookshop in the Americas, 499 Church Street, licenced, coffee bar, warm welcome, http://www.gladdaybookshop.com
– Out and Out LGBTQ outdoors club, http://www.outandout.ca
– Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps of Toronto (ROTC), colour guard, band, drum corps, baton, dance, http://www.rotctoronto.com
– Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), 115 Simpson Avenue at Howard Street, http://www.mcctoronto.com
– Xtra magazine, gay community news in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver, http://www.xtra.ca/toronto.aspx
– The Pink Pages, gay, lesbian, trans, bi, leather, queer directory for Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston, Hamilton and Niagara/St. Catharines, http://thepinkpagesdirectory.com
– (CLGA) Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, second largest in the world, research centre, art gallery, 34 Isabella Street, http://www.clga.ca

– Ongoing – TAPto free walking tours by Toronto Greeters, book online at http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=e14d3a2f287c1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD
– Until December 31 – To Canada With Love, Toronto’s cultural events celebrating the country’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, various venues, http://www.toronto.ca/canada150
Free Arts in the Parks, concerts, films and arts of all kinds, for full events listings and details go to http://www.artsintheparksto.org
– Mount Pleasant Cinema, 675 Mount Pleasant Road, big screen, 2nd run features, some European films, etc., https://www.cinemaclock.com/ont/toronto/theatres/mount-pleasant
– Carlton Cinemas, 9 screens, fully licensed, $5 Tuesdays, 20 Carlton Street, https://imaginecinemas.com
– Market Square Cinemas, 80 Front Street East, several screens, https://imaginecinemas.com/cinema/market-square/
– Regent Cinema, 551 Mount Pleasant Road, 2nd run features, big screen, https://www.cinemaclock.com/ont/toronto/theatres/regent
– TIFF Bell Lightbox, 5 cinemas, movies that don’t play in the multiplex, for times and schedule go to http://www.tiff.net
– Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, specializing in documentaries and films seldom shown in the multiplex, 506 Bloor Street West, https://www.cinemaclock.com/theatres/hot-docs-ted-rogers-cinema
– Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, neighbourhood cinema, second-run, docmentary & foreign features, http://www.revuecinema.ca
– Royal Cinema, documentaries, festivals, foreign, second-run features, 608 College Street, http://www.theroyal.to
– Ontario Science Center Omnimax,770 Don Mills Road, https://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/imax
– Scotiabank Toronto Imax, 259 Richmond Street West, http://www.imax.com/theatres/scotiabank-toronto-imax
– Ride the ferry to Ward’s Island & have lunch at the Rectory Cafe (only open restaurant on the Islands), 101 Lakeshore Avenue, 416-203-2152, http://www.therectorycafe.com
– Edgewalk, CN Tower, walk around the edge of our tallest free-standing structure, http://www.edgewalkcntower.ca
– Sunday Antique Market, free, Jarvis Street south of King
– Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, 288 Bremner Boulevard, at the bottom of the CN Tower, http://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada

TORONTO SAVVY is now on the UK-based website ‘Walked Thru’ – http://www.walkedthru.com

TORONTO has told a Queen’s Park committee it wants to be released from the grip of the Ontario Municipal Board, an unelected agency of the province. With development happening all across town, and the city hogtied by the OMB, there’s a need for an immediate overhaul. That’s been the thinking for years, but with a provincial election upcoming in 2018 it’s being taken much more seriously.

Councillor JOSH MATLOW and chief planner GREGG LINTERN agree that change is definitely needed, despite protests from some developers.

TORONTO & NEW YORK CITY have signed a tourism agreement, the first city-to-city partnership of its kind for TORONTO and the first Canadian partnership for NYC & Company. The two-year alliance promotes collaboration in marketing organizations and tourism practices, and reciprocal promotion by the two cities.

“This goes a long way to share our big-city experiences with each other’s residents and visitors. Both cities are similarly built upon diversity and inclusion and we are proud to showcase that welcome to the world,” – Tourism Toronto president & CEO Johanne Bélanger.

Both NYC and TO will exchange $500,000 in assets to promote the opposite member of the partnership. To celebrate the agreement, Air Canada will reduce fares for a time in both directions.  The airline flies into New York about 20 times daily.

FORBES Technology Council, an invitation-only organization for senior level technology executives, puts TORONTO in second place on a Top5 list of places to open tech startups. The list is created by members of the council after considerable research. It’s based on available talent, financial perks and other benefits.
#1 – Shanghai
#2 – TORONTO“The stretch between Toronto and Kitchener is home to the Google, Shopify and RIM offices along with thousands of startups. I see Toronto as the next tech hub because it provides startups with access to some of the world’s best and brightest innovators. The next wave of tech talent is located in TORONTO and its surrounding areas.” – Sanjay Malhotra, Clearbridge Mobile

#3 – Israel
#4 – Austin
#5 – Phoenix

GTA Airlines already services commuters from NIAGARA, but soon it will connect three new destinations within the GTA (Greater TORONTO Area) and beyond to the city centre. In the near future, passengers from technology hub KITCHENER/WATERLOO will be 20 minutes flying time to Billy Bishop Island Airport.

Upcoming as well – BARRIE, a popular commuter city about 60 miles (97 kilometres) north and LONDON (a sizable city), 120 miles west.

Info & schedules – http://www.flygta.com

<‘Farewell to NAFTA’, editorial cartoon by BRIAN GABLE, Globe and Mail, October/2017>

Tragically Hip’s GORD DOWNIE has died at 53. “Gord knew this day was coming – his response was to spend this precious time as he always had – making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it with a kiss… on the lips,”Tragically Hip’s website, October 18/2017

<IMAGE – Marc Kellan-Bishop on Facebook>



<WATERFRONT EAST as it looks today>

TORONTO’s eastern waterfront may soon be in revival mode.  SIDEWALK LABS, a sister company of GOOGLE and a division of ALPHABET INC., has become very interested in developing the city’s aquatic border lands. So much so, that upon final approval SIDEWALK will invest $50-million (US) in a year-long planning process for 12-acres (4.9 hectares) – the so-called Quayside Project.  Plans are to eventually expand that to a greater investment over a much larger area.

Should all this happen, the development would contain 3.3-million square feet of residential, office and commercial space – as well as new headquarters for Google Canada.

This could end up being North America’s largest ‘smart city’ built around information technology, using data about traffic, noise, air quality, and the performance of systems including trash disposal and the electrical grid.

Mayor JOHN TORY – “This is a moment for TORONTO. By having Sidewalk interested in coming here, we’re building up our credentials as the place to be in the world.”

<PHOTOS & IMAGES – Sidewalk Labs>


THE BENTWAY, named after the undulating Gardiner Expressway, will eventually stretch from Strachan Avenue to Bathurst Street – a 1.75 kilometre strip linking Exhibition Place, Liberty Village, Niagara, Fort York, Bathurst Quay, Wellington Place and City Place.

A skating trail under the Gardiner Expressway? It’s a brilliant idea supported by Mayor JOHN TORY, and by the end of December/2017 it will be a new gathering place for TORONTO’s growing population.

Along with the skating trail plans include gardens, markets, art, recreational amenities, exhibits, festivals, theatre and musical performances. Unused land under the expressway is being turned into useful public space. Bravo!

A $25-million gift from the Judy and Wilmot Matthews Foundation made this possible. Ms. Matthews is a granddaughter of E. J. Lennox (1854-1933), an architect who designed many of TORONTO’s iconic buildings, including Old City Hall and Casa Loma.

THE BENTWAY is underway.


The atomic-age fountain can be found on top of the Rosehill Reservoir, which dates back to 1873-74, and was covered over in the 1960’s. It became TORONTO’s first environmentally friendly green roof, and is connected to the John Street Pumping Station 8 kilometres away.

Adjacent to the fountain – Rosehill Garden, a project of the city and fundraising neighbours, David Balfour Park and Ravine, a collection of Victorian-era homes and the best autumn colours anywhere in the inner city.


PROJECT #1 – the Downtown De-Fence Project has a rotating group of volunteers who make it their business to remove chain link fences from residential neighbourhoods.

Dave Meslin, who founded the Project 15 years ago says “I want to feel like a live in a city where people know their neighbours. Fences send the opposite message. Taking down a fence symbolizes a commitment to building relationsships.”

ABOVE – Dave’s before and after photos: “It’s a makeover. It transforms the entire space around a lawn.” For more informaton – http://www.publicspace.ca & email – defence@pigeonhat.ca

PROJECT #2 – The Patch Project, supported by the Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space (STEPS). Developers by law must make 50% of the fencing around building sites available for some form of artwork. A 100-strong crew of local artists have been creating murals, live events and on-site heritage displays in neighbourhoods across the city.

“FUEL” by BAREKET KEZWER, an artist, muralist, graphic designer, curator, writer and optimist. She’S dedicated to making TORONTO more socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. She works with bright colours to get people’s attention and feel joyful about their city.

“POLLINATORS”, supported by OBEN FLATS, was created by NICK SWEETMAN using acrylic and aerosols. It will remain on Gerrard East at Sherbourne Street until a 13-storey building is built behind. The artist even went so far as to replace one panel defaced by taggers (a.k.a. cityscape destroyers).

For more information – http://www.thepatchproject.com


After 14 years on Queen Street West, the STEPHEN BULGER GALLERY outgrew itself and has moved into a much bigger space in Little Portugal. The new location – which can be divided into smaller spaces, depending on the show – is now open to the public.

Gallerist STEPHEN BULGER has played a significant role in both the Canadian and international photography markets.

<PHOTO – Stephen Bulger by ANITA MALHOTRA/Arts Mania.ca>

He exhibits at several North American and European art fairs (including Paris Photo & AIPAD), is a past president of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), is on the advisory board of Ryerson University’s Image Centre, and co-founded TORONTO’s Contact Photography Festival.

1356-58 Dundas Street West